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MJ's Instincts

Custom catering in Emporia, Kansas by
Meghann Worthing and Joe Reed

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Speaking of comfort foods on a cold, cold evening, I’ve had a pot of red sauce simmering all day warming the house and fogging the windows. Homemade meatballs and three different kinds of Italian sausage were added about 3 hours before serve time. We paired this with a strawberry spinach salad with Joe’s poppy seed dressing, homemade bread, @vermontcreamery butter, and a lovely wine from David Finlayson called The Pepper Pot (purchased from @citywinemarket of course). So yummy and satisfying. Call us. You could have this too. 

#comfortfood #goodwine #goodfood #eatgoodfood #drinkgoodwine #familymeal #kidslovemeatballs #socold #callus #weloveticook #supportsmallbusiness #emporiaks #wearyourdamnmask
Prepping smoked pork is a serious business. Prepping smoked pork for our friends at @chi_em_eats is even more serious! Looking forward to serving some deliciousness tomorrow! .
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#seriousbusiness #smokedmeat #lunch #emporiaks #eatgoodfood #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #smile #callusifyouwantsome #wearyourmask @joereed9860 @meghann03
Fun cocktail time while working on dinner. 

#empressgin #grapefruit #layersofcolor #layersofflavor #workingfromhome #mixingyummy
I made some super amazing bread the other night. The pictures I took didn’t come out great, so I didn’t post. But... it was so super good I needed to share even with terrible pictures. You are looking at Kalamata olive, rosemary, and lemon bread twist on pain de campagne. #yum 
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#eatgoodfood #sourdough #bread #homemade #oliveloaf #lemon #rosemary #terriblelighting #greatbread
Rib night! Can we smoke something for you? (We really want to!)
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#ohmythisisgood #ribs #smokedmeat #wewanttocookforyou #yum #eatgoodfood #traegergrills #emporiaks #callus #smile #deliciousdelivered 
@traegergrills @joereed9860 @meghann03
J and I dined al fresco tonight. Although we only provided the bread, @vaultemporia provided us with some amazing meats and cheeses, as usual! 
Need something cooked? Call us!!
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#letuscookforyou #kansasisbeautiful #flinthills #diningalfresco #sunset @joereed9860 @meghann03
J made dinner tonight. (Yay!) Gazpacho with cukes and tomatoes from the garden; Spinach, radicchio salad with grape tomatoes (from our garden) and a lovely balsamic vinaigrette accompanied by steamed shrimp! And!!!! A really amazing French rosé from @citywinemarket which just made everything perfect! 
Let us cook for you... we  love this!
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#eatgoodfood #drinkgooddrinks #yum #fresh #supportsmallbusiness #delicious #delivered #citywinemarket #callusforgoodfood #emporiaks #callus #washyourdamnhands #wearyourdamnmasks #wegotthis @joereed9860 @meghann03
I did some canning this morning. 
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#cannedtomatoes #freshpicked #putsomethingawayforwinter #canning #tomatoes #yum
J is not in town tonight, so he’s missing out! Caprése Salad with tomatoes and basil from the garden. It’s accompanied by some @vaultemporia goodies: burratina, baguette, and balsamic glaze. (The Clous Fous 2014 Cab from @citywinemarket is a bonus! Ssshhhhh... Don’t tell J!). And I’m about to finish Hamilton!!!

Eat well, all. Stay safe, wash your hands, wear your mask. If you want us to cook for you, give us a call! 
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#eatgoodfood #eatlocal #supportsmallbusiness #drinkgoodwine #vaultmeatandcheese #emporiaks #hamiltonvirgin #hamilton #wewanttocookforyou
Last night was pizza night and we ate well! 
Standard pepperoni for the boys and two fun ones for us! First, a zucchini & summer squash pizza on lemony goat cheese base with tarragon and a few kalamata olives just for fun. We topped that with some amazing balsamic glaze from @vaultemporia 
I also made a Swiss chard pesto yesterday and used that as a base for some salami picante, fresh grape tomatoes, and a sprinkling of mozzarella. Oh, and all the veggies & herbs were fresh out of my garden! So tasty!!

Stay safe out there. Wash your hands. Wear your mask. Call us if you want us to cook for you!
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#eatgoodfood #freshfromthegarden #vaultmeatsandcheeses #yum #delicious #homemade #pizzanight #pizza #smile #washyourhands #wearyourmask #emporiaks
Cocktail Friday at MJ’s (also it’s #zoomhappyhour with the family time)! 
Tonight is a Rhubarb Cordial courtesy of @davidlebovitz via @smittenkitchen. I made no changes as this is remarkable just as it was written. I’ve paired it simply with some bubbly water. It’s a light refreshing apéritif on this hot hot day!
Cheers to the weekend!
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#cocktails #itsfriday #happyhourfromhome #eatgood #drinkgood #supportsmallbusiness #washyourdamnhands #wearyourdamnmask
We had the wonderful opportunity to cook for Jack & Kristin and their family & friends this weekend. Unfortunately, we were so busy that I neglected to take photos of any of the food, but, trust me, it was pretty tasty! 

Congratulations to the happy couple and we wish them all the best!

Need something catered? Give us a call! 
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#wedding #congratulations #emporiaks #eatgoodfood #supportsmallbusiness #weddingreception #rehearsaldinner #smokedmeat #smile #delicious #wearesotired
Today I’m cooking with Quinn. We are making a homemade version of his favorite snack @cheezit   It’s a super easy recipe and it’s really tasty! Recipe is below. Enjoy!!
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Cheesy Crackers
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 8oz sharp cheddar, shredded (to make it super classy go visit @vaultemporia for some amazing cheese)
1/4 cup butter, room temp
1 cup AP flour
A pinch of salt
(And I added just a little bit of onion powder)
A bit of cold water to bring it all together 

Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor, mixer, or by hand until a stiff dough forms. Pat it into a rectangle and refrigerate for a bit if it is too soft (which will be the case if you use a food processor). Roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch and cut into the shapes you want using a pastry cutter, knife, or small cookie cutters. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until desired level of crispiness. 
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#yum #enjoy #cheesycrackers #cookingwithkids #homemade #cantwaittocookforyou #emporiaks #rainytuesday #washyourhands #smile #yesheiswearingsantapjs #timehasnomeaning
It’s Friday! It’s warm! It’s time for the first ever cocktail post for MJ’s! 

I don’t have a name yet... if you think of one, throw it in the comments! Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, tequila, lime juice, and a Tajin rim. It was so good. 

We paired that with falafel, barrel-aged feta from @vaultemporia , homemade pita, an olive salad, and a bunch of sauces. We ate and drank well tonight. We would like to eat and drink well with you! .
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#seeyousoon #butfromadistance #washyourhands #staysafe #mixology #bartenderathome #fridaycocktailcreation #namethatdrink
Need help? Let us know. Please.
Know someone that does? Let us know. 
Want a home cooked meal? Let us know. 
Want a hug? Let us know. 

We gotcha... from a distance and with cupcakes or soup or... food! 

We are in this together. 
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#washyourdamnhands 
#emporiastong #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocalbusiness #emporiaks #socialdistance #weloveyou #inthistogether
This is how you sourdough!!!
These beauties are ready for tonight’s dinner. 

@gravelcityadventure Gravel Campers are going to eat well and they will have earned it after riding in this wind!.
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#sourdough #homemade #breadislove #yum #delicious #gravelcamp #gravelcityadventure #emporiaks #windyride @joereed9860 @meghann03
The winners of last trivia “Quiet Please” won a plate of appetizers for this week’s trivia. .
#somuchyum #triviawinners #mulreadys #trivianight @mulreadys
We are at trivia tonight @mulreadys ! BBQ Chicken Sliders $5 each! 
Eat, drink, play trivia!!
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#eatlocal #drinklocal #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocalbusiness #emporiaks #mulreadys #yum #playtrivia #drinkbeer #eatfood
We will be back at Mulready’s for trivia this Wednesday! This week we are featuring MJ’s Mac&Cheese because you all liked it so much last time!!

We will also have our frozen bierocks for sale at the pub on Wednesday. They make a great snack or quick meal, so chat with us and take some home with you!.
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@mulreadys @joereed9860 @meghann03 
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#eatgoodfood #supportsmallbusiness #mulreadys #emporiaks #yum #smile #deliciousdelivered

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